One of our WUSC/Uniterra volunteers is working with a women's cooperative in Palapye to produce and market marula products The folks in Gaborone, however, seem content to let them rot on the ground. Maybe if I was here longer, I would learn from my friend in Palapye how to dry them or turn them into jam.
When I arrived here over a year ago, it was at the tail end of marula season -- and mango season. I didn't know much about marula fruit then, but I knew I loved mangos, and I had the bright idea of making and canning mango chutney and salsa. However, by the time the idea occured to me, mangos were no longer in season.
Again, if I were to stay longer, I would jump on the mango wagon and make some products to enjoy for future times. I would also eat more watermelons when they are in season in April. I love watermelons. Did you know that watermelons originate in the Kalahari Desert ? -- Botswana's sweet, juicy gift to the world !
I have learned that these wonderful treats come and go, and, like most of life's opportunities, you have to make the best use of them when they present themselves to you. How many of life's opportunities do we let pass us by because we do not recognize how precious and fleeting they are or are not prepared to reap them when they are ripe ?
I leave in just over a week....can you believe it ?
Let's hope I remember to take the best advantage of Edmonton's seasonal offerings and any opportunites that come my way.